House committee rejects KU basketball apartments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas went one-for-two before state legislative committees considering bonding authority for two major projects.

A House committee Thursday rejected the university's request for $17.5 million in bonding authority to build 66 high-end apartments, with 32 used by student-athletes. University officials say they need the upscale living to compete for basketball recruits.

Two state representatives on the House Education Budget Committee said the project was extravagant, and the university's sports boosters could pay for it.

Earlier Thursday, a House-Senate committee approved the university's request for bonding authority for a $75 million health education building at the KU Medical Center.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the university wants the state to pay $15 million over several years. The committee recommended approval of the first $1.4 million.

 

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